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Episode Four – Are You Enlightened Enough To Lead TODAY?

Welcome to Episode Four of The Realities of Leadership: Are You Enlightened Enough To Lead Today?

Discussion guide from The Realities of Leadership, Episode Four:

1. Do modern leaders know what really matters today? “As a leader, am I created an culture that my people want to experience?”

2. “Enlightened leaders are connected leaders…they are engaged participants.”

3. A leader’s personal speed vs. the modern speed of business!

4. Are modern leaders embracing the new challenges (and opportunities) to leading today?

5. Leaders that are NOT enlightened to these issues are at risk…or whom don’t like the democratized workplace.

6. The emotional intelligence side of leadership, and the personal side, is an important stretch for leaders as well…

7. What are your team’s expectations of you? Do you know? Do you care about their career progression?

8. “We no longer have a war on talent. We now have a puzzle…” What does talent, work ethic, and performance really look like?

9. One of the reasons people leave a job is only because they are working for an unenlightened leader…

10. How do you know that you are NOT an enlightened leader? Obviously, if you are not seeking (or getting) feedback, you are not enlightened…

Click here to listen to all of Season Five!


Erica Peitler, intrepidNOW

About our host, Erica Peitler:

Erica is a Leadership Performance Coach who courageously partners with individuals, teams and organizations who want to realize their visions of success by transforming their leadership potential into visible, on the ground, breakthrough leadership performance!

With an engaging, provocative and straight forward approach, Erica inspires leaders to reach beyond their comfort level as they pursue becoming the performance based leaders they aspire to be in both their professional and personal life.

As a keynote speaker and author, Erica educates, entertains and enlightens audiences on leadership, transformational change and professional/personal growth initiatives.


Find Erica Peitler’s book here:

The essence of Leadership Rigor is creating change-ready leaders who can embrace challenges because they have the tools, models, and language to assess, structure, and facilitate aligned actions. They also have the mindset and emotional skills to lean into the change process despite its uncomfortable nature. By innovating on their preparedness first, these change-ready leaders are equipped to realize the growth in themselves and in their teams or organizations. Are you ready to take on your personal journey of Leadership Rigor?


Series co-host Todd Schnick is the Editor-In-Chief of intrepid.MEDIA and a media and content strategist. A former marketing strategist, lobbyist, and national political operative, Todd now lives and works in the Chicago Loop with his family. He is a writer, foodie, bibliophile, distance runner, and nearly full-time dog mom.



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Gregg Thompson: Coaching with character, connection, and conversation

Joined on the show today by Gregg Thompson, president of Bluepoint Leadership Development, and author of The Master Coach: Leading with Character, Building Connections, and Engaging in Extraordinary Conversations.

Discussion guide from our conversation with Gregg Thompson:

Gregg Thompson1. How leadership differs from coaching — and why master coaching is a key component of true leadership.

2. The 3 core dimensions of coaching:  character, connection, and conversation.

3. The qualities of great coaches.

4. Steps leaders can take to build a coaching culture in their organizations.

5. Signs of coaching success.

6. Think > Act > Interact

7. We also discuss how people can be more receptive to coaching!

About Gregg Thompson:

Gregg is the author of THE MASTER COACH: Leading with Character, Building Connections, and Engaging in Extraordinary Conversations. He is President of Bluepoint Leadership Development, recognized as one of the finest providers of coach training programs in the world.

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Episode Three – Your Fingerprints Are On Everything

Welcome to Episode Three of The Realities of Leadership: Your Fingerprints Are On Everything!

Discussion guide from The Realities of Leadership, Episode Three:

1. “Whatever has happened, whatever is showing up in your organization, as the leader, YOU HAVE CREATED IT.” Directly, or indirectly. Through actions, or inaction.

2. You have an affect on the organization that you probably don’t even realize…

3. Leaders are COMPLETELY visible in the space. But, be aware of the blind spots!

4. Knowing this, you will see and observe the impact you are having. From here, you can learn and make adjustments.

5. You might be directly responsible, but you might be tolerating a negative behavior. And you should be called out on that. You are meant to make change, but you cannot tolerate behaviors that are holding back that change.

6. How to leave the right fingerprints. “You cannot solve a problem you cannot see.” You do this by seeking feedback! Good leaders do not want to be the smartest person in the room – they want the smart people to provide the leader the key insights

7. Be careful when, as a leader, you “think” you are doing the right things. You need feedback to confirm this.

8. Seeking feedback is NOT a sign of weakness. And when you take feedback and take meaningful action, it does strengthen you as a leader, but also powers the confidence (and performance) of the team.

Click here to listen to all of Season Five!


Erica Peitler, intrepidNOW

About our host, Erica Peitler:

Erica is a Leadership Performance Coach who courageously partners with individuals, teams and organizations who want to realize their visions of success by transforming their leadership potential into visible, on the ground, breakthrough leadership performance!

With an engaging, provocative and straight forward approach, Erica inspires leaders to reach beyond their comfort level as they pursue becoming the performance based leaders they aspire to be in both their professional and personal life.

As a keynote speaker and author, Erica educates, entertains and enlightens audiences on leadership, transformational change and professional/personal growth initiatives.


Find Erica Peitler’s book here:

The essence of Leadership Rigor is creating change-ready leaders who can embrace challenges because they have the tools, models, and language to assess, structure, and facilitate aligned actions. They also have the mindset and emotional skills to lean into the change process despite its uncomfortable nature. By innovating on their preparedness first, these change-ready leaders are equipped to realize the growth in themselves and in their teams or organizations. Are you ready to take on your personal journey of Leadership Rigor?


Series co-host Todd Schnick is the Editor-In-Chief of intrepid.MEDIA and a media and content strategist. A former marketing strategist, lobbyist, and national political operative, Todd now lives and works in the Chicago Loop with his family. He is a writer, foodie, bibliophile, distance runner, and nearly full-time dog mom.



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Episode Two – Leadership Is A Skilled Profession

Welcome to Episode Two of The Realities of Leadership: Leadership Is A Skilled Profession!

Discussion guide from The Realities of Leadership, Episode Two:

1. Foundational first is to understand the “principles” of leadership.
a. Leadership can be learned.
b. Leadership is emotional.
c. This is a service business.

2. “The modern leader has to be emotionally-connected to people.” The two currencies of leadership: communication and relationships.

3. Fundamental models of leadership.

4. The importance of temperament. Do you have the self-management to make these adjustments? Do you have the emotional intelligence to deal with negative situations, and play the long game?

5. “People and organizations deserve great leaders.”

6. The distinction between motivation and inspiration, and why a leader needs to understand that (they need to provide an environment that inspires). “Do they know what motivates their employees?”

7. Quick reminder: Remember, you are a leader in service of others.

8. Truly understanding the motivations of your team/employees really simplifies the role of a leader.

9. Yes, one of the realities of leadership is to talk to your people, and begin to really understand who they are and what motivates them. This is a skill you can develop!

10. Get over the supposed fantasies of leadership (fame and fortune). You have to develop skills and do the work.

11. What is the required mindset of a leader (growth mindset). They need to be learners and open to feedback. You are going to make mistakes and you have to be committed to get better at the practice of leadership.

Click here to listen to all of Season Five!


Erica Peitler, intrepidNOW

About our host, Erica Peitler:

Erica is a Leadership Performance Coach who courageously partners with individuals, teams and organizations who want to realize their visions of success by transforming their leadership potential into visible, on the ground, breakthrough leadership performance!

With an engaging, provocative and straight forward approach, Erica inspires leaders to reach beyond their comfort level as they pursue becoming the performance based leaders they aspire to be in both their professional and personal life.

As a keynote speaker and author, Erica educates, entertains and enlightens audiences on leadership, transformational change and professional/personal growth initiatives.


Find Erica Peitler’s book here:

The essence of Leadership Rigor is creating change-ready leaders who can embrace challenges because they have the tools, models, and language to assess, structure, and facilitate aligned actions. They also have the mindset and emotional skills to lean into the change process despite its uncomfortable nature. By innovating on their preparedness first, these change-ready leaders are equipped to realize the growth in themselves and in their teams or organizations. Are you ready to take on your personal journey of Leadership Rigor?


Series co-host Todd Schnick is the Editor-In-Chief of intrepid.MEDIA and a media and content strategist. A former marketing strategist, lobbyist, and national political operative, Todd now lives and works in the Chicago Loop with his family. He is a writer, foodie, bibliophile, distance runner, and nearly full-time dog mom.



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Episode One – Introduction To The Realities of Leadership

Welcome to Episode One of The Realities of Leadership: The Introduction to the new series, The Realities of Leadership!

Discussion guide from The Realities of Leadership, Episode One:

1. You can never forget that leadership is a skilled profession, and you must develop those skills. But when you marry those skills to understanding the realities of leadership, this is where the rubber hits the road.

2. “It’s not just about fame, money, and power anymore.”

3. Leadership is a practice, and without the practice, the work, and putting in the time, you will never develop the skills. They do not magically appear with the position.

4. Old-school leadership (me) vs. contemporary leadership (others).

5. The right mindset is critical when it comes to dealing with the realities of leadership. They have to balance being the optimist and the force for long-term positive thinking with the realities that bad stuff is going to happen.

6. The six realities of leadership:
a. Leadership is a skilled profession.
b. Your fingerprints are on everything.
c. Are you enlightened enough to lead today?
d. There is some work that can ONLY be done by you and your leadership team.
e. Your people (talent) will leave you for good and bad reasons.
f. Your leadership journey never ends (for the really great leaders).

Click here to listen to all of Season Five!


Erica Peitler, intrepidNOW

About our host, Erica Peitler:

Erica is a Leadership Performance Coach who courageously partners with individuals, teams and organizations who want to realize their visions of success by transforming their leadership potential into visible, on the ground, breakthrough leadership performance!

With an engaging, provocative and straight forward approach, Erica inspires leaders to reach beyond their comfort level as they pursue becoming the performance based leaders they aspire to be in both their professional and personal life.

As a keynote speaker and author, Erica educates, entertains and enlightens audiences on leadership, transformational change and professional/personal growth initiatives.


Find Erica Peitler’s book here:

The essence of Leadership Rigor is creating change-ready leaders who can embrace challenges because they have the tools, models, and language to assess, structure, and facilitate aligned actions. They also have the mindset and emotional skills to lean into the change process despite its uncomfortable nature. By innovating on their preparedness first, these change-ready leaders are equipped to realize the growth in themselves and in their teams or organizations. Are you ready to take on your personal journey of Leadership Rigor?


Series co-host Todd Schnick is the Editor-In-Chief of intrepid.MEDIA and a media and content strategist. A former marketing strategist, lobbyist, and national political operative, Todd now lives and works in the Chicago Loop with his family. He is a writer, foodie, bibliophile, distance runner, and nearly full-time dog mom.



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Peggy Caruso: How to remove stress, identify saboteurs, unlock creativity, and relax!

Joined in studio by Peggy Caruso, an executive personal development coach, entrepreneur, and author of Revolutionize Your Corporate Life: A Simple Guide To Leadership, Balance, And Success In Your Business. Learn more about Peggy here!

Discussion guide from our conversation with Peggy Caruso:

Peggy Caruso1. How do we manage time and stress and how they are so interconnected to success and happiness in business and life.

2. How do we identify the saboteurs/habits that limit us from reaching our desired outcome?

3. What are the keys to unlocking creativity and success in your team – leading by example

4. What are the benefits of meditation, relaxation techniques and zero gravity sensory deprivation and how do they assist in business?

Find Peggy Caruso’s latest book here:

About Peggy Caruso:

Peggy is the Owner of Life Coaching and Beyond, LLC. She is a Certified Executive & Personal Development Coach, Advanced Relaxation Therapist, NLP (Neuro Linguistics Programming) Master Practitioner, author and 8-time entrepreneur with 24 years experience. Her ‘Revolutionize’ series has been approved as a registered trademark and inclusive of that is her latest release Revolutionize Your Corporate Life and are her previous books, Revolutionize Your Life and Revolutionize Your Child’s Life.  Throughout her professional career, she has helped not only countless professionals but numerous children rid themselves of depression, ADD, and ADHD medication. 

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Charles Hanna: Reaching a higher perspective, a higher power, and achieving a higher purpose!

Joined in studio today by Charles Hanna, author of Higher: Awaken to a More Fulfilling Life. Learn more about Charles Hanna here.

Discussion guide from our conversation with Charles Hanna:

Charles Hanna1. Self-centered vs. “taking care of the self.”

2. Science of the mind.

3. Change something in your essence.

4. What actually is Perception Disorder?

5. Signs you are suffering from Perception Disorder.

6. Do we all suffer from Perception Disorder in our lives?

7. The steps to overcome Perception Disorder.

8. How to reach a higher state: higher perspective, higher power, and a higher purpose!

9. Charles shares his personal journey through addiction, recovery, and his own battle with Perception Disorder.

Find Charles Hanna’s book here:

About Charles Hanna:

Charles is the Chairman, CEO, and founder of a third-party technology provider that he began in a basement in 1979 and built into a leading service consolidation company with offices across Canada. A devoted father of three children, Hanna is involved with a range of charities, including organizations that help with cancer treatment, Canadian artists, and displaced and handicapped people. He has a particular soft spot for children and animals, and contributes his personal time in various ways to youth shelter homes and animal shelter groups. He divides his time between Toronto and Los Angeles.

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Episode Seven: Leading Organizations, Enabling the Organization to Both Scale and Sustain Itself

Welcome to Episode Seven of the Tensions of Leadership (the final episode of Season Four): Leading Organizations — Part 2, Enabling the Organization to Both Scale and Sustain Itself!

Discussion guide from the Tensions of Leadership, Episode Seven:

1. Navigating the transition from entrepreneurial leader to enterprise leader. Shifting from the individual to a team focus.

2. The classic struggle of working IN or ON the business. When IN the business, you don’t have the altitude to look towards the future.

3. Loyalty vs. performance. The talent focus and needs evolve as an organization shifts from entrepreneurial to enterprise. And you have to be mindful of that. Don’t be loyal to the wrong type of talent for the current lifecycle.

4. To build a sustainable organization, you now have to be a talent magnet.

5. It is unrealistic to think that all talent recruited at the launch of the organization can easily evolve and transition as the organization evolves into an enterprise.

6. Performance vs. potential.

7. A fifteen-year veteran of the organization might not have the necessary skills for the enterprise tomorrow. Don’t just give him the job because of the tenure.

8. To be a talent magnet, don’t just recruit when you have an open position. When you find the right skill set AND/OR good potential for growth, you should consider them now.

9. You have to focus very hard on building the right executive team – they are the leader of leaders.

10. A key tension is short-term vs. long-term thinking. It’s very easy to get into the weeds and be distracted by the details of the business. And “long-term” is defined differently depending on your business lifecycle.

11. Are you finding the right balance between being mindful that things are working today, and looking ahead to find the right solutions to scale to the next level.

12. If a leader says they cannot think ahead because they have to focus on running the business, they are the wrong leader. You have to balance today and tomorrow.

13. To resolve a lot of the tensions we’ve discussed in the series, it all comes down to a balancing act.

14. This process of finding balance, and resolving tensions, and focusing on both short and long-term thinking, NEVER ENDS. And the more you work on moving through them, the easier it does become to resolve them.

Click here to listen to all of Season Four!


Erica Peitler, intrepidNOW

About our host, Erica Peitler:

Erica is a Leadership Performance Coach who courageously partners with individuals, teams and organizations who want to realize their visions of success by transforming their leadership potential into visible, on the ground, breakthrough leadership performance!

With an engaging, provocative and straight forward approach, Erica inspires leaders to reach beyond their comfort level as they pursue becoming the performance based leaders they aspire to be in both their professional and personal life.

As a keynote speaker and author, Erica educates, entertains and enlightens audiences on leadership, transformational change and professional/personal growth initiatives.


Find Erica Peitler’s book here:

The essence of Leadership Rigor is creating change-ready leaders who can embrace challenges because they have the tools, models, and language to assess, structure, and facilitate aligned actions. They also have the mindset and emotional skills to lean into the change process despite its uncomfortable nature. By innovating on their preparedness first, these change-ready leaders are equipped to realize the growth in themselves and in their teams or organizations. Are you ready to take on your personal journey of Leadership Rigor?


Series co-host Todd Schnick is the Editor-In-Chief of intrepid.MEDIA and a media and content strategist. A former marketing strategist, lobbyist, and national political operative, Todd now lives and works in the Chicago Loop with his family. He is a writer, foodie, bibliophile, distance runner, and nearly full-time dog mom.



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Episode Six: Leading Organizations, Diagnosing Your Business Lifecyle and Establishing Your Leadership Role Clarity

Welcome to Episode Six of the Tensions of Leadership: Leading Organizations — Part 1, Diagnosing Your Business Lifecyle and Establishing Your Leadership Role Clarity

Discussion guide from the Tensions of Leadership, Episode Six:

1. What kind of organizational leader can you be: Entrepreneurial? Enterprise? Both? And how are they different:

2. Entrepreneurial: the hunter, looking for the deal, going with your gut, your instincts.
3. Enterprise: More belief in structure, process, systems, operationalize the organization, get the trains to run on time.

4. The key is for an organization to navigate the balance between the two styles.

5. Another key for an organization is to match the leadership style with the life cycle the organization is currently in.

6. The tension is can a leader transition from one style to another, or do you have to hire for that? For example, if you are entrepreneurial, you can hire a COO. If you an enterprise style leader, you can hire an innovation officer.

7. What are the signs that you have to begin the work to make that transition from one style to another?

8. When a leadership style is not in alignment with the business cycle, you can see where an organization is ripe to be disrupted.

9. Too many organizations aren’t thinking about this, and in many cases, do not understand what life cylcle they are in. How do you know?

10. How do we deal with the tension between strategy and operations? If you do not draw a line between the two, you begin to have muddled conversations and outputs.

11. As an organization evolves, you must focus on the business culture, and is that evolving as well, and still in alignment with the business life cycle. Obviously (or not), how we do things at the entrepreneurial startup stage is different when you are an established, large enterprise organization.

12. Don’t forget the importance of communication and messaging when this transition between life cycles is occurring.

13. Is your talent and training evolving as well? When you have transitioned to an enterprise organization, is your talent still in the startup mindset?

14. The tension of the speed of business: the entrepreneurial speed of business is now and immediately; the enterprise speed of business is what the process and systems dictates.

15. The tension of risk management. No surprise, but a startup is more willing (and able) to take, endure, and recover from big risks…

Click here to listen to all of Season Four!


Erica Peitler, intrepidNOW

About our host, Erica Peitler:

Erica is a Leadership Performance Coach who courageously partners with individuals, teams and organizations who want to realize their visions of success by transforming their leadership potential into visible, on the ground, breakthrough leadership performance!

With an engaging, provocative and straight forward approach, Erica inspires leaders to reach beyond their comfort level as they pursue becoming the performance based leaders they aspire to be in both their professional and personal life.

As a keynote speaker and author, Erica educates, entertains and enlightens audiences on leadership, transformational change and professional/personal growth initiatives.


Find Erica Peitler’s book here:

The essence of Leadership Rigor is creating change-ready leaders who can embrace challenges because they have the tools, models, and language to assess, structure, and facilitate aligned actions. They also have the mindset and emotional skills to lean into the change process despite its uncomfortable nature. By innovating on their preparedness first, these change-ready leaders are equipped to realize the growth in themselves and in their teams or organizations. Are you ready to take on your personal journey of Leadership Rigor?


Series co-host Todd Schnick is the Editor-In-Chief of intrepid.MEDIA and a media and content strategist. A former marketing strategist, lobbyist, and national political operative, Todd now lives and works in the Chicago Loop with his family. He is a writer, foodie, bibliophile, distance runner, and nearly full-time dog mom.



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HUMANITY, PERSONAL GROWTH

Kit Cummings: Seek first to understand before achieving progress

Joined in studio by Kit Cummings, the founder and president of the Power of Peace Project, and by my co-host Gareth J. Young.

Kit CummingsKit talked to us about his extraordinary work and what he has learned working in such challenging environments and offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:

1. Our fear of the unknown causes us to build walls, and by building tunnels and bridges to our unknown, we can find greater happiness, joy and meaning;

2. If you learn to work with others, you can still do what you want to do, but you – and they – will be civil and life will be easier;

3. “You can’t get me to pick a side. I have convictions, but even those convictions are changeable if I walk with you.”

4. “We fear what we don’t know or don’t understand.”

About Kit Cummings:

Kit Cummings is an international speaker, teacher and award winner author with the gift to evoke goose bumps, laughter and tears in his audiences. Whether he is speaking to large corporations, small businesses, non-profits, churches, schools – or even the toughest prisons in America, Kit spreads his energy-filled message of power, potential and positive change through his heartfelt and provocative seminars. Kit has spoken to tens of thousands of people all over the world.

This episode originally published on A New Business Mindset, an intrepid.MEDIA production.

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